2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Ford Focus

Overview Jetta vs Focus 

Category 2019 Volkswagen Jetta S Manual  2018 Ford Focus S Manual
MSRP Starting at $18,440 $17,950
MPG City|Hwy|Combined 30 | 40 | 35 25 | 34 | 29
Warranty  *6-yr/72k-miles *3-yr/36k-miles
Engine 1.4L Turbo 4 cyl 2.0L 4 cyl

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2018 Ford Focus have some major key differences when on the road. Standing toe to toe with each other, the two cars are very different. With the MSRP of the Jetta at $18,545 and the Focus at $17,950; the price only marginally different shows the quality of each car. The Jetta holding at a $595 more than the Focus, the Jetta offers better fuel economy, safety features, passenger, cargo, brakes horsepower/torque and warranty. The Jetta has been named by J.D. Power as the “Most Appealing Compact Car.” The Jetta is the perfect car for long distance travel with superior turning and handling over the Focus. The Jetta drives smoothly on the road and with a much higher fuel economy than its competitor the Jetta is a much more economical choice against the Ford Focus. With top of the line safety features and a 6-year warranty under 72,000 miles you are guaranteed a safe reliable car. The Jetta comes in five variants: ‘S, SE, R-Line, SEL and SEL Premium.’ Each has a plethora of upgrades ranging from an 8-speed transmission to Beats Audio® sound system. The overall advantage goes to the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta even though initially in might cost about $500 more it will save you that and then some in the years to come not to mention a better resale value than the Focus.


Safety Features

With safety in mind, the Jetta besides having airbags comes with Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking. So that way in emergency you are in an accident the Jetta will notify you before collision and put your emergency brake on after the collision has occurred. Partnered a blind spot monitor and rear traffic alert system and with a backup camera to match, the Jetta is made for safety and to prevent accidents of any kind. The Jetta also comes equipped with rain sensing windshield wipers that keep you safe in any condition rain or shine.

NHTSA - 2019 Volkswagen Jetta 

NHTSA - 2018 Ford Focus 

Overall Safety Rating for 2019 Volkswagen Jetta 5 Stars


The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta offers a full Bumper-to Bumper *6-year / 72,000-mile (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty which covers the entire car. Corrosion Warranty 10-year

The 2018 Ford Focus 3-year / 36,000-mile basic warranty. Corrosion Warranty 5-year.

Clearly the Volkswagen Jetta stands out here providing 2 x the warranty over the Ford Focus.




The 2019 Jetta has a total of 147 horsepower at 5,000 rpm. The engine which is 1.4 liter engine is smaller yet more powerful than the Ford Focus 2.0 liter engine. With the Focus horsepower clocking in at 160 horsepower at 6,500 rpm. The Focus although appearing to have more horsepower suffers as it has a higher rpm than the Jetta. The Jetta has more horsepower than the Focus in overall rpms


In raw strength the Jetta comes out on top with a total torque of 184 lb-ft at 1,400 rpms against the Ford Focus’s 146 lb-ft at 4,500 rpms. The Jetta reaches 0 to 60 in about 8.3 seconds with an 8-speed transmission. The Jetta overall achieves what the Ford Focus can in more than half the rpms than Focus and the Focus even at 4,500 rpms doesn’t even come close to measuring up against the Jetta.

2019 Jetta S

1.4L Turbo 4cyl./6-spd 

2018 Ford Focus S

2.0 4cyl./5-spd



147 @ 5000 RPM

160 @ 6500 RPM



184 @ 1400 RPM

146 @ 4500 RPM

MPG - Fuel Economy 

On average the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta gets better fuel economy than Ford Focus. Although the Ford Focus is considered a gas efficient car, the 2019 Jetta 30 miles in city, 40 on the highway and 35 overall giving it a massive advantage. The Focus gets 25 city, 34 on the highway and 29 Combined. The advantage here goes to the 2019 VW Jetta. With a fuel tank of 13.2 against the Focus’s 12.4; the Jetta has the better overall fuel economy with its fuel capacity and economy.

2019 Jetta S

2018 Ford Focus S


1.4L Turbo 4cyl./6-spd 

30 city | 40 hwy
35 Combined

2.0 4cyl./5-spd 

25 city | 34 hwy 
29 Combined

1.4L Turbo 4cyl./8-spd

30 city | 40 hwy
35 Combined

2.0 4cyl./6-spd

24 city | 34 hwy
28 Combined
 Fuel Tank 13.2 Gallons 12.4 Gallons


The 2019 VW Jetta manual comes with a 6-speed manual transmission or 8-speed automatic transmission and the Ford Focus comes in a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission. This gives the Jetta better acceleration with lower engine speed.

Passenger and Storage Space

The 2019 Jetta has a total passenger space of 94.7cu-ft and around 41in of legroom in the front and 37in of leg room in the back the Jetta is perfect for families on the go. The Jetta has a total storage space of , plenty of room for any needed storage from groceries to sports equipment.


The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta was rated with Greenhouse Gas Emission 263 grams per mile and rated 8 out of 10 (10 being the best) for tailpipe CO2 compared to the 2018 Ford Focus with Greenhouse Gas Emissions of 316 grams per mile and rated a 6 out of 10 for tailpipe CO2.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Jetta vs Focus

2019 Jetta Trim Levels - How much is the Jetta?

2019 Volkswagen Jetta S starting at $18,745

2019 Volkswagen Jetta S starting at $19,545

2019 Volkswagen Jetta SE starting at $22,395

2019 Volkswagen Jetta R-Line starting at $23,245

2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL starting at $24,695

2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium starting at $27,195

2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium w/ Cold Weather starting at $27,695

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Colors

The Jetta S, SE, R-Line are available in Black Uni, Deep Black Pearl, Pure White, **White Silver Metallic, **Pyrite Silver Metallic, Platinum Gray Metallic, Tornado Red, ***Habanero Orange Metallic, Silk Blue Metallic. **Pyrite Silver Metallic replaces White Silver Metallic starting 02/2019. ***Additional cost.

The Jetta SEL and SEL Premium are available in Deep Black Pearl, Pure White, **White Silver Metallic, **Pyrite Silver Metallic, Platinum Gray Metallic, Tornado Red, ***Habanero Orange Metallic, Silk Blue Metallic, Sage Green Metallic. **Pyrite Silver Metallic replaces White Silver Metallic starting 02/2019. ***Additional cost.

Questions & Answers 


Q: Is the Volkswagen Jetta a good first car?
A: The VW Jetta is an excellent vehicle for a first car. Especially with Volkswagens First Time Car Buyer Program that makes it easy and affordable to lease or finance your first car.

Q: Which car is a better buy the VW Jetta or Ford Focus?
A: This could be different for everyone in what they consider but looking at all the facts cost, safety, warranty, mpg, performance and the environment it is hard not to argue that the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta has many advantages over the 2018 Ford Focus and being the better buy.

Q: Which car gets better fuel economy the Volkswagen Jetta or the Ford Focus?
A: The Volkswagen Jetta gets a combined city and highway of 35 mpg and the Ford Focus gets a combined city and highway of 29 giving the Jetta better fuel economy.

Q: What would my monthly payments be for a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta?
A: You could pay anywhere from $220 to $300 a month.1

Q: How much is a Jetta lease? 
A: You can lease a new 2019 Jetta S for about $220 to $250 a month.1


Q: How can I schedule a test drive for a new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta?
A: To schedule a test drive you can visit the nearest Volkswagen Dealer 


Q: What is the Cargo Capacity on the 2019 VW Jetta?
A: The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta trunk is 14.1 cubic feet.

Q: How often does the Jetta need oil change?
A: Change the oil in your 2019 Jetta every 10,000 miles or every year which ever comes first.

Q: What type of oil does the Jetta use?
A: The approved VW oil is a Full Synthetic Castrol Edge Professional

Q: How can I save money on my 2019 Jetta Service?
A: You can use coupons and promotions to save on service for your Jetta. Here are some Volkswagen Service Coupons 

Q: What is the difference between the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta?
A: The 2019 is the 7ths generation of 

*6 years/72,000 miles (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty on MY2018 and newer VW vehicles, excluding e-Golf. See owner’s literature or dealer for warranty exclusions and limitations.
Payments will depend on a few factors. Credit, down payment, term, and current incentives. see dealer to get more details.